Happy Holidays! (& Christmas Smoothie Recipe)

by Head Health Nutter on December 25, 2010

It’s Christmas! As I write this post I’m doing some last minute baking but needed to take a break between all the sampling. Actually, all the sugar, bloating and sprinkles have inspired me to create a Christmas Smoothie! Here’s the recipe (if you dare) and holiday wishes from Live Lighter.

It’s weird, hard to layer (as you can tell by the photo below) but, surprisingly, tastes better than a sugar cookie! Actually, because I used vanilla protein powder and vanilla-flavoured almond milk, it tastes more like a vanilla cookie. But I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Before we get into the recipe…

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Wherever you are, whoever you’re with, whatever you’re doing, I’d like to wish you and yours a healthy, safe and (fairly) balanced holiday. :)

Are you ready for this smoothie recipe made from pomegranate seeds and spinach? I know, it sounds and looks not-so-hot but come on, you’ll thank me when it cleans you out from all the abundance of the seasonal festivities!

Christmas Smoothie

Makes: approximately 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pomegranate, seeds only
  • 1.5 cups, packed fresh spinach, washed
  • 1 apple, cored and de-seeded
  • 1 cup almond milk, vanilla-flavoured
  • 2 scoops protein powder, vanilla-flavoured
  • 0.5 cup filtered water

Garnish: small candy cane

Preparation

  1. Blend pomegranate seeds with a little water and pour into glass.
  2. Pulse gently milk and protein powder. Pour into glass slowly, along the side of the glass to attempt layered effect.
  3. Blend spinach, apple and a bit of water so that it’s somewhat smooth and thick but thin enough to pour. Gently pour into glass like you did the milk.
  4. Enjoy!

Tip: For an easy way to de-seed the pomegranate, roll it on a counter several times. Use some pressure. You should hear the seeds pop as they give away from the rind.

Nutritional Information

Calories 287.8

Total Fat 4.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 234.3 mg
Potassium 1,362.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 41.7 g
Dietary Fiber 6.2 g
Sugars 25.7 g
Protein 26.7 g

Vitamin A 98.4 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 15.4 %
Vitamin C 42.7 %
Vitamin D 25.0 %
Vitamin E 59.4 %
Calcium 30.4 %
Copper 32.3 %
Folate 37.1 %
Iron 34.8 %
Magnesium 17.6 %
Manganese 42.8 %
Niacin 6.2 %
Pantothenic Acid     10.0 %
Phosphorus     29.9 %
Riboflavin 9.9 %
Selenium 2.6 %
Thiamin 9.5 %
Zinc 10.6 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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